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  • Summary: In 1992, Ultima Underworld changed the rules of what a fantasy RPG could be. It introduced the concept immersion, a player-authored experience, and an open-world to explore. The games is considered one of the most innovative and renowned RPG's of its generation.
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  1. Aug 3, 2019
    50
    Underworld Ascendant on Xbox One could have been a pretty decent game, but everything from the repetitive mission design (go here, fetch/kill that) to the numerous ideas that don’t pan out as they should, sees it sadly fall short of great by quite a margin.
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  1. Jun 30, 2019
    5
    Underworld: Ascendant has the look, but falls short of its predecessors. It has the potential to be so much more, but the story is empty andUnderworld: Ascendant has the look, but falls short of its predecessors. It has the potential to be so much more, but the story is empty and generic. The "Ascendant" trudges through the Stygian Abyss to what? Beat the bad-guy. The scenery was awesome, and you could feel how long it had been there, except the various articles laying about in pristine condition. I had high hopes as I started along my journey, but this anticipation slowly melted away as I felt more and more of the mechanics. Excitement sparked when I learned about Runes, a promising magic system. Neat as it was, it too felt heavy and clunky. Then was the saving... once every 'level' you get a chance to save your progress, more like a checkpoint you get to go back to if you fail before finding the next one. I never once felt completely immersed in the game. I did feel the elation of finding a save point a few times, but it was knowing that part was over, not feeling like I just defeated a grand challenge. I would call this an Action Adventure before calling this an RPG because you never played a role, you ride a rail, a slow clunky rail. The combat was simplistic and the stealth worked when it wanted to. I unfortunately can't recommend Underworld: Ascendant if your looking for an RPG. If you were a fan of Ultima Underworld You might want it for your collection, but the game overall was not as promising as I had hoped. Expand